Tuna: Love, Death, and Mercury

By Richard Ellis   |   Published On: Jul 14, 2009
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In Tuna: Love, Death, and Mercury, famed marine researcher and illustrator Richard Ellis brings us a work of scientific achievement that will forever change the way we think about fish, fishing, and the dangers inherent in the seafood we eat. The bluefin tuna is one of the world's biggest, fastest, and most highly evolved marine animals, as well as one of its most popular delicacies. Now, however, it hovers on the brink of extinction.

In this book Ellis explains how a fish that was once able to thrive has become a commodity—and how the natural world and the global economy converge on our plates. With updated information on mercury levels in tuna, this is at once an astounding ode to one of nature's greatest marvels and a serious examination of a creature and world at risk.

About the Author

Richard Ellis is the author of more than a dozen books. He is also a celebrated marine artist whose paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. He has written and illustrated articles for numerous magazines, including Audubon, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Scientific American. He lives in New York City.

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    8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight
    13.28 ounces
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  • Author
    Richard Ellis
  • Publication Date
    Jul 14, 2009
  • Publisher
    Penguin Random House
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Port Lincoln 3

2 A Celebration of Tuna 21

3 The Fraternity of Big Tuna 45

4 Sport Fishing for Tuna 85

5 Commercial Tuna Fisheries 110

6 Tsukiji 132

7 Fishing for Maguro 140

8 Tuna Farming 159

9 The Bluefin's Popular Little Cousins 183

10 The Tuna Industry 215

11 Can We Save the Bluefin? 237

12 Eminent Domain 282

Epilogue to the Vintage Edition 293

References 305

Index 333

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